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Forum: The Library Café Yesterday, 07:33 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Yesterday I ended the day with a car covered in smeary, hazy wax marks that refused to buff off. This was highly annoying.

https://i.ibb.co/MsQWVGq/IMG-20200118-161733.jpg...
Forum: The Library Café Yesterday, 07:04 AM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Yep, that's going to be addressed pretty soon. With the exception of two small pieces next to the trip computer it's in fine shape structurally and just needs refinishing.
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Forum: The Library Café Jan 18 2020, 07:22 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Finally had an opportunity to give the Jag a proper wash today.

https://i.ibb.co/9TrwsGb/IMG-20200118-144721.jpg (https://ibb.co/LtZQnvx)

https://i.ibb.co/3mPcZ0j/IMG-20200118-144733.jpg...
Forum: The Library Café Jan 17 2020, 02:54 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

That's miles per Imperial gallon - so 4.55 litres.

Made a quick run out of town today, partly for a change of scenery and partly as it's an excuse to drive on (slightly) nicer roads.

This has...
Forum: The Library Café Jan 16 2020, 05:29 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

450 miles in.

MPG on the last tank? Uuuuum...10.98MPG. Yeah, economy isn't her strong suit. That warmup timer needs to get in the sea and we'll see how much that helps. The trip computer is...
Forum: The Library Café Jan 15 2020, 07:07 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

This really is a car which encourages you to go the long way to get places.

Like home to the charity shop over at Kiln Farm I check in on semi regularly as they usually have a good selection of...
Forum: The Library Café Jan 14 2020, 08:58 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Let's have a look at the non functional full throttle kickdown.

Having done a bit of research I discovered that the kickdown system is meant to be triggered by a microswitch on the throttle cable...
Forum: The Library Café Jan 12 2020, 03:25 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

First task for today was to check the throttle balance.

The throttle actuation rods were waaaay out of whack, meaning that the throttle pulley was resting a good 1/2" off the closed throttle stop....
Forum: The Library Café Jan 11 2020, 06:44 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Figured it was time to stop cowering in fear and actually open the bonnet of the Jag again.

No huge surprises to be honest (and it is just as terrifyingly complicated as I remembered). Hasn't...
Forum: The Library Café Jan 10 2020, 09:11 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Had precisely zero time to do anything practical today. I did manage to snap a few better photos while on the way home from running a couple of errands though, and grabbed a couple of videos while...
Forum: The Library Café Jan 9 2020, 11:16 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Got my insurance sorted out this morning, a whole £10 a year more than the Lada. Not going to complain there.

Didn't actually get a huge amount done today car wise between having to spend a...
Forum: The Library Café Jan 8 2020, 09:26 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Today was new car collection day. My destination was roughly 160 miles away, so a nice little run without being too much of a slog.

First order of business was of course fuelling up, for the last...
Forum: The Library Café Jan 7 2020, 07:53 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Today involved a lot of running around in circles while also trying to get the Lada ready for tomorrow.

By 1500 or so I finally actually managed to get to the car.

[] Steering box oil topped...
Forum: The Library Café Jan 6 2020, 07:25 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

I usually try to orient things so that the barcode is facing the scanner too...though I'm obsessed with trying to do things in an efficient way that ideally makes life as easy as possible for...
Forum: The Library Café Jan 5 2020, 06:59 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Things haven't been going too badly. General state of play of the fleet at the moment:

[] Citroen. Needs a few things done for the MOT. Beyond ordering some parts I'm ignoring it until the...
Forum: The Library Café Dec 31 2019, 06:49 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Didn't quite get as much done as I'd hoped today, mainly because I wasted about two hours trying to sort an air leak on the pick up tube on the Pela - without success. Eventually gave in and dropped...
Forum: The Library Café Dec 30 2019, 09:25 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

The new tailpipe for the Lada arrived today.

Annoyingly it's not the same style as ordered - correct numbers stamped on it compared to the catalogue...so the manufacturer (Euroflo) are just being...
Forum: The Library Café Dec 29 2019, 07:51 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

I went into today's job with a couple of avenues open to me.

Firstly was as suggested elsewhere, I could try to change the washer in the offending valve. This would obviously save me a bit of...
Forum: The Library Café Dec 28 2019, 08:02 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Allen, I'm much the same. I check in here daily as it's part of my routine and because I like you guys...so I'm unlikely to stop as long as the forum is still here!

I discovered Anne's worlds...
Forum: The Library Café Dec 26 2019, 10:04 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Likewise thanks for still sharing with us Hans, it's astonishing how the time flies by.

Picture from yesterday which seemed worth sharing.

https://i.ibb.co/3Wm0vpg/IMG-20191225-110857-2.jpg...
Forum: The Library Café Dec 21 2019, 08:57 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Given the Lada is going to a friend I'm trying to deal with a few of the items on the to do list before handing it over.

The exhaust has been a mess since before I got the car. The front section...
Forum: The Library Café Dec 13 2019, 01:06 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Often is here too, sadly not in this case though as that would have been a far quicker solution than having to strip the whole thing down...though depending how it looks (of course it's apparently...
Forum: The Library Café Dec 11 2019, 09:03 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

So the Xantia is likely to be in "dry dock" until after the Festive period...This combined with a taker being pretty much lined up for the Lada means I've given myself a metaphorical kick up the back...
Forum: The Library Café Dec 10 2019, 06:37 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

That's quite terrifying...glad you're okay though!

We used to live pretty much at the foot of a long extinct volcano when I was a kid, and it scared the pants off me when I learned what volcanoes...
Forum: The Library Café Dec 8 2019, 08:00 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Well that was unexpected. Someone has just made me a distinctly left field potential swap offer for the Lada.

My initial reaction is an equal mix of the following:

"Hell yes! Not going to get...
Forum: The Library Café Dec 5 2019, 09:05 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Well that was a waste of a morning.

Turns out the last email I sent to BL Autos never got through, vanishing into the aether somewhere...so they weren't expecting me to appear this morning as...
Forum: The Library Café Dec 2 2019, 04:15 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Xantia is now wearing a nice new set of Uniroyal RainExpert 3 tyres.

https://i.ibb.co/TTBvjQS/IMG-20191202-164817.jpg (https://ibb.co/yRnfvz1)

Tell you what I wasn't expecting...that changing...
Forum: The Library Café Nov 30 2019, 09:18 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

This afternoon an envelope containing four 3/8" BSF bolts dropped through my door.

The big question of course was whether they would fit the hub of the Invacar, given the hassle we've had on that...
Forum: The Library Café Nov 28 2019, 07:24 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: Happy birthday to us

Wow...hard to believe it's been that long!

For all this profile hasn't been around that long, pretty sure I was on here under an earlier, long forgotten username pretty close to the start.
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Forum: The Library Café Nov 27 2019, 01:11 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Well that's maddeningly unhelpful.

https://i.ibb.co/Gcp9X1S/IMG-20191127-140733.jpg (https://ibb.co/qkjCz4Q)

Car was last running a few days ago. Battery is less than a year old. That isn't...
Forum: The Library Café Nov 25 2019, 10:35 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Is this the point where I should cue the classic mad scientist manic laughter?

https://i.ibb.co/NjY9qPr/IMG-20191125-223639.jpg (https://ibb.co/zRfXgYF)

The display is actually a lot sharper...
Forum: The Library Café Nov 24 2019, 07:34 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Today was the day to get all the digital cards out for a check over and to get everything reseated.

So here are the digital boards, from left to right.

"CRT" - This is responsible for taking...
Forum: The Library Café Nov 23 2019, 09:12 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Because I'm me and find them far more interesting than I probably should, here are a couple of additional photos of the ridiculously overcomplicated status indicators built into the buttons.

It...
Forum: The Library Café Nov 22 2019, 09:54 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Aye! Spent a couple of hours with my head buried inside it!

-- -- --

Today I picked up a couple of the correct F30WT12 tubes for the lit sign on the Sun 1215.

While T8 tubes physically...
Forum: The Library Café Nov 20 2019, 10:16 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Having decided that I'd had utterly enough of the outside world by about midday and having a complete failure to summon enthusiasm regarding doing anything actually useful...I spent a couple more...
Forum: The Library Café Nov 17 2019, 08:38 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Well that just broke me, in a good way.

Just in a room with probably a hundred people belting out Country Roads.

Not sure why, but that's a song which has a huge emotional impact on me whenever...
Forum: The Library Café Nov 17 2019, 06:00 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Well that's big news for our little convention.

This year is the last year we'll be in the Livingston Mercure Hotel.

Photo snapped by me last year.
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Forum: The Library Café Nov 16 2019, 01:00 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

So my husband made the mistake while out in suit earlier of standing still for too long.

The nose horn is just begging to have things hung on it...like my conbadge.
...
Forum: The Library Café Nov 16 2019, 06:07 AM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

...That would have been smart stuff to include wouldn't it...

The gentleman on the piano above goes by the name Fox Amoore (I've not the foggiest of what their legal name is...though this is how...
Forum: The Library Café Nov 15 2019, 08:40 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Well performed live music never gets old, especially when it's by an artist you've followed for years.

https://i.ibb.co/0BK3HZW/IMG-20191115-223247.jpg (https://ibb.co/xmYQxGc)

Have followed...
Forum: The Library Café Nov 14 2019, 06:02 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Well let's just say that today wasn't the ideal day to be driving a tall vehicle with brick wall aerodynamic properties and less than 80bhp northwards. Torrential rain for the first few hours and...
Forum: The Library Café Nov 13 2019, 09:25 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Tomorrow we'll be heading up to Livingston for Scotiacon, and the van has been designated as the pack mule for the weekend as we've not a small amount of stuff to take with us.

There's also a car...
Forum: The Library Café Nov 12 2019, 09:22 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Had hoped that I'd get a chance to look properly at the Sun 1215 today but instead was running around like a headless chicken all day. Managed ten minutes before I first went out and a half hour...
Forum: The Library Café Nov 11 2019, 08:50 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Today I got to spend six and a half hours driving this piece of automotive excrement.

https://i.ibb.co/yQhXKxj/IMG-20191111-224937.jpg (https://ibb.co/9rwNBd5)

Never been a Transit fan anyway...
Forum: The Library Café Nov 10 2019, 03:19 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Finally!

https://i.ibb.co/ZWjXQz7/IMG-20191110-122400.jpg (https://ibb.co/3B3dxmQ)

https://i.ibb.co/0q2Vp6t/IMG-20191110-122515.jpg (https://ibb.co/Y2QT41Z)

We have high tensile 3/8"...
Forum: The Library Café Nov 8 2019, 09:36 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

There's going to be a bit of an equipment upgrade going on in my garage shortly.

A couple of years back I rescued this old Crypton Motorscope 335 from my local garage. They had it buried on its...
Forum: The Library Café Nov 8 2019, 04:57 AM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Couple of days updates rolled into one here as I ran out of time to write them up on the days.

The new heater for the van started out as all the best projects do as a box of bits.
...
Forum: The Library Café Nov 4 2019, 07:54 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

That's quite an impressive table that is...

-- -- --

Made an interesting discovery today.

Apparently the van really rather likes the new biodiesel blend that Shell are now selling.
...
Forum: The Library Café Oct 28 2019, 08:40 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

Just a little house stuff today.

Finally lost patience with the stupid electronic touch dimmers in our dining room & lounge which simply do not play nicely with anything other than incandescent...
Forum: The Library Café Oct 26 2019, 10:32 PM
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Posted By Zelandeth
Re: What is happening

That gave me a good giggle, nicely done.

-- -- --

Interestingly the Xantia which is currently pulling to the right under acceleration, stops doing that when accelerating at full...
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